Far Afield: French Anthropology between Science and by Vincent Debaene,Justin Izzo

By Vincent Debaene,Justin Izzo

Anthropology has lengthy had a vexed courting with literature, and nowhere has this been extra acutely felt than in France, the place such a lot ethnographers, upon arriving from the sphere, write now not one booklet, yet : a systematic monograph and a literary account. In Far Afield—brought to English-language readers the following for the 1st time—Vincent Debaene puzzles out this phenomenon, tracing the contours of anthropology and literature’s mutual fascination and the floor upon which they meet within the works of thinkers from Marcel Mauss and Georges Bataille to Claude Lévi-Strauss and Roland Barthes.

           

The courting among anthropology and literature in France is certainly one of cautious interest. Literary writers are cautious approximately anthropologists’ clinical austerity yet intrigued via the items they acquire and the problems they elevate, whereas anthropologists declare to be scientists yet whilst are deeply excited about writing and representational practices. Debaene elucidates the richness that this interest fosters and the varied variety of writings it has produced, from Proustian memoirs to proto-surrealist diaries. in any case he bargains a desirable highbrow historical past, person who is itself positioned accurately the place technological know-how and literature meet.

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